Twinkle Pop


      Twinkle Pop E-I-E-I-O is a collection of 33 children's songs and folk songs from the United States and around the world, and mash-ups, using each song in different combinations with others. The songs are arranged in progressive order, starting with high second fingers and no slurs, through various slurred and hooked bowings, low second fingers, high third fingers, and low first finger. All pieces remain in first position. Mash-ups are for 2-4 violins while the individual songs are for solo violin. Each children's song and folk song includes a brief history of the song and lyrics. Students are encouraged to also sing the songs.

      There are brief "Theory" sections which introduce basic elements of music: major, minor and pentatonic scales, compound meter, motif, consonances and dissonances. Basic composition techniques such as retrograde, inversion, augmentation and diminution are discussed. Students are encouraged to submit their own mash-ups online for feedback and suggestions.

       The literature is designed to supplement methods currently in use, such as the first two volumes of the Suzuki Method or Essential Elements, while also providing opportunities to learn about music theory and composition. The colorful graphics are designed to engage the student's interest and imagination.

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Sheila Santa, Professional Violinist

Columbus and Lima, Ohio

Thank you. It is a lovely arrangement!

Cathy Stevens, Director

Panama City Youth Orchestra, Florida

LOVE your product! It's going to be a huge help in programming for our mixed level group. 

Marcella Trentacosti, Youth Concert Orchestra Conductor

Fort Wayne, Indiana

"The arrangements by Steven Kruse are wonderful! I love how the arrangements include all levels! My beginners really enjoyed being part of the string orchestra!"

Alicia Tremmel, Director of Orchestras

Mansfield Public Schools, Mansfield, Ohio

"Absolutely LOVE IT! It will be so perfect. I will have all my students 3-12 play it. I am so excited to get started on it. It will be perfect and I think I will make it the finale for the concert. Thank you so much!"

Mark Mutter, Executive Director, Suzuki Royal Oak

Royal Oak, Michigan

"Thank you so much for all of this music.

The arrangement looks awesome I can’t wait to start it next week."


Toledo Symphony School of Music

Toledo, Ohio

"Thank you Dr. Kruse for your wonderful arrangements!"

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